Former Russian spy released from British hospital after poisoning

A photo dated Aug. 9, 2006 shows Sergei Skripal talking from a defendants cage to his lawyer during a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow, Russia

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A photo dated Aug. 9, 2006 shows Sergei Skripal talking from a defendants cage to his lawyer during a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow, Russia

Sergei Skripal, the ex-Russian spy who was poisoned with a nerve agent in the United Kingdom in March, was released from a hospital on Friday, the BBC reported.

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Skripal was found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury on March 4 along with his daughter, Yulia Skripal, after being exposed to Novichok, a nerve agent, CNN reported.

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Yulia Skripal, 33, was released from the hospital on April 9, the BBC reported.

A police officer was also exposed to Novichok and hospitalized, although officials with Salisbury District Hospital said he was released March 22.

Russian officials have denied playing any role in the attack.

Director of nursing Lorna Wilkinson told the BBC that "This is an important stage in (Sergei Skripal’s) recovery, which will now take place away from the hospital."

In 2006, Skripal, a former colonel, was jailed in Russia for 13 years for revealing the identities of Russian spies in Europe to British intelligence officers. In 2010 he was part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and the United States, the BBC reported.

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